At Marshlands Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and well-being of every member of our school community and recognise how important mental health and well-being is to our lives, as is physical health. We recognise that children's mental health and overall well-being can affect their learning and achievements.
A key aspect of our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress and that they are supported to access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about how they can maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and where they can go to get help and support.
In order to achieve this, we have a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and well-being. We do this by:
- Following the requirements of the RSE guidance.
- Creating an ethos, policies and behaviours that supports mental health and resilience.
- Helping children to develop social relationships and to support each other.
- Helping children to be resilient learners.
- Teaching children social and emotional skills, alongside an awareness of mental health.
- Developing a curriculum that focussing on the whole child and not just academia.
- Early intervention and support including working with outside agencies.
- Nurture classes and two trained nurture staff.
- Effectively working with parents are carers.
- Supporting and training staff to develop their own skills and resilience.
- 4 staff trained in youth mental health.
- 2 staff staff trained in adult mental health.
- Whole school training on attachment, ACES and trauma.
- Developing an open culture that encourages discussion and understanding mental health awareness.